And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also. (1 Peter 3:21)
“Can you baptize me right now?”
The prison inmate looked at me expectantly, a glimmer of hope shimmering in her eyes. The young woman had told me of an experience that had shaken her to the core. She was walking along an isolated road at night when a stranger pulled up and offered her a ride. After getting into the car, she realized she had made a horrible mistake. She sensed that something demonic was in the car.
She claimed that nothing bad happened; the stranger dropped her off at a friend’s house shortly after picking her up. (Whether or not she told the truth, I never discovered.) But she could not shake the feeling of a demonic presence that lingered with her.
“Are you afraid of the devil?” she asked.
“I used to be,” I replied, “but now that Jesus lives in me, I’m not. The devil has no control over those who follow Christ.”
I shared stories from the Bible of Jesus’ authority over demons. She devoured the sacred words as she heard of Jesus’ love, of his triumph over sin, of forgiveness and mercy and new life.
I baptized her with the only means available: a foam cup and water from a rusty old faucet. She wept as the water poured over her, for she was no longer drowning in sin. Jesus’ blood had saved her.
Receive Jesus’ gift of salvation and walk in his power.
Laura Hurd is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and holds a master’s degree from Wesley Seminary [IN]. She pastors with her husband, Jason, in rural Nebraska.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.